US Navy’s move provoca­tive, un­pro­fes­sional: Iran Guards

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Tehran, Iran - Iran’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards said on Satur­day that the US Navy had ap­proached their pa­trol ves­sels in the Gulf and fired flares in what it called a provoca­tive move.

“At 4pm on Fri­day, the su­per­car­rier USS Nimitz and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing war­ship, while be­ing mon­i­tored by the Guards’ fri­gates, flew a he­li­copter near the Re­salat oil and gas plat­form and ap­proached the force’s ships,” the Guards said.

“The Amer­i­cans in a provoca­tive and un­pro­fes­sional move, sent a warn­ing mes­sage to the fri­gates and fired flares.”

The Guards ‘ig­nored the un­con­ven­tional move by the US ships and con­tin­ued their mis­sion, af­ter which the su­per­car­rier and its war­ship left the area,’ the state­ment added.

On Tues­day, a US Navy pa­trol ship fired warn­ing shots at a Guards boat in the Gulf as it closed in on the Amer­i­can ves­sel, US of­fi­cials said.

The Guards de­nied ap­proach­ing the US ship on that oc­ca­sion and said it was the Amer­i­can ves­sel that had been at fault.

There have been a string of close en­coun­ters be­tween US ships and Ira­nian ves­sels in the Gulf in re­cent months.

In Jan­uary, the USS Ma­han de­stroyer fired warn­ing shots at four Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard ves­sels that ap­proached it at high speed in the Strait of Hor­muz, which con­nects it to the In­dian Ocean. The lat­est in­ci­dent comes af­ter the US Congress ap­proved new sanc­tions against Iran.

(AFP)

A file photo of the USS John C Sten­nis, the USS Nimitz, and the USS Bon­homme Richard steam­ing through the Sea of Oman

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